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    William Bell

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    Libby Community Interagencies Inc. recently received the only domestic violence shelter grant in Montana from The Mary Kay Foundation.

  • Karyn Thornton

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    William Bell

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    Libby Community Interagencies Inc. recently received the only domestic violence shelter grant in Montana from The Mary Kay Foundation.

• Karyn Thornton, a certified physician assistant has joined the staff at Tribal Health to provide increased health care to recipients in the Pablo/SKC and Two Eagle River School communities. Thornton grew up in Wisconsin and received her physician assistant education from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She continued to pursue more training and experience in her career, first as an Emergency Medical Technician, then paramedic, and most recently Thornton worked in emergency medicine and cardiology services as a hospitalist in critical access across Montana.

As an emergency flight nurse working in a level-two trauma center, Thornton was able to hone her skills in trauma and emergency medicine, which now provides her with experience managing more advanced, out-patient surgical procedures. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment call Tribal Health at 406-745-3525 or visit the website at www.cskthealth.org.

• William Bell has joined Robert Peccia and Associates’s Kalispell office as an engineering designer/construction technician. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Montana State University. Prior to college, he gained project experience working as a crew leader and skilled laborer for a general contractor who specialized in site work and construction of underground utilities. In his new position Bell is providing engineering design and construction observation and administration services.

As a construction technician in the field, he is responsible for on-site construction observation and for monitoring construction activities in conformance with project plans and specifications. Bell is currently working on the Westside Sewer Interceptor Project for the city of Kalispell, Flathead Avenue reconstruction, State Park Road reconstruction and the Somers Avenue reconstruction projects for the city of Whitefish.

• Libby Community Interagencies Inc. recently received the only domestic violence shelter grant in Montana from The Mary Kay Foundation. Tamara Crismore of Libby, a sales director for Mary Kay, presented the check to Barbara Guthneck of Lincoln County Crisis Solutions at the Libby Shooting Complex where the Shoot For Pink benefiting The Mary Kay Foundation has been the last eight years. years.

“Our event is unique and the only trap shoot held as a fundraiser for the Mary Kay Foundation,” Crismore said. “We have finished in the Top 5 for fundraising events the past four years for Mary Kay. Over the years we have held an event we have raised $52,669 with a huge team effort. We have support not just in Montana, but from all across the U.S. ... The Mary Kay Foundation’s mission is to eliminate cancer and end domestic violence.”

• Matt Sease, general manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites in Whitefish, recently received the prestigious Lodging Person of the Year Award during the Montana Lodging and Hospital Association’s annual awards banquet in Butte. Association board member Jim Tucker detailed Sease’s extensive record of achievements and read portions of his award nomination letter that stated, “Matt is not only the chair of the MLHA, but he has been a dedicated and effective supporter of this organization for a long time. As a leader of the association, Matt has done a great job of representing the lodging industry both in Montana and at the national level.”

Under Sease’s leadership the Whitefish Hampton Inn & Suites was a winner of Hilton’s Lighthouse Award in 2017.

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